EMERGENCY services have rushed to the scene of a huge blaze at Cork Port this morning.
The massive fire in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork has now been contained by the fire brigade.
The fire broke out at the port’s R&H Hall deepwater storage facility for animal grain this morning.
The alarm was raised at 8.43am as large black plumes of smoke became visible from the port.
Locals have been urged to stay indoors and to keep their windows and doors closed due to the smoke.
No injuries have been reported with everyone accounted for, though the area is expected to smoulder for some time to come.
The Ringaskiddy and District Residents Association posted on social media: “The Port of Cork have advised that Cork County Fire Services have contained the fire and that all persons are accounted for with no injuries reported, however it is expected that the area may smoulder for some time yet.”
Earlier this morning they said: “Port of Cork Company have advised that Hall’s Grain Stores are on fire and that the Harbour Master and Fire Services are on site.
“The Port of Cork have advised that ALL RESIDENTS KEEP THEIR WINDOWS AND DOORS CLOSED.
“It’s not just Dr. Tony Holohan that’s telling us to stay at home – this morning it is really important to stay in and keep windows/doors closed.”
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Local TD for Cork South Central Michael McGrath said: “There is a major fire in Ringaskiddy this morning – please stay away from the area until there is further information and confirmation that it is safe.
“I hope everyone in the area is safe.
“My thoughts are with the emergency service responders who are on site 🙏”